Hops Of Wrath - Dust Bowl Brewing Company
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Reviews by jackorain:
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
Served in a standard shaker pint glass at St Stan's/Hero's in Modesto, CA.
Pours a very nice golden/copper hue topped with a white ½ inch tall head. The retention was of a decent time period as I took some notes. The lace left behind was also nice. Lace was left in the form of several cascading rings coinciding with the previous level of the beer after each pull.
Initial nose is of grapefruit and pine ops with bready, doughy malts briefly surfacing to only to fall back and allow more grapefruit to come through. Nice but not very complex.
Pine hop bitterness and flavor hit 1st which is quickly followed by an onslaught of citrus flavors, with grapefruit in the forefront, some tangerine and lemon come through too. There is a big bitter bite that fights of the initial attempts of the biscuit and bready malts to come through. As my palate acclimated to the bitterness, some biscuit and bread notes did begin to shine through. The finish is a return of the grapefruit with some added bitterness that is reminiscent of the rind of grapefruit with some white ptih attached. The bitterness lingers quite a while after each sip. Not balanced by any stretch but this is expected from a west coast style IPA of which this is a fine example
The mouth feel is quite creamy with a medium body. Carbonation is vibrant but doesn't overpower the creaminess.
This is a very fine beverage of which I could have easily down several more than the two I had, but I had to drive.
06-18-2009 16:32:36 | More by jackorain
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4/5 rDev +3.4%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):
Clear and copper, with an impeccable off-white lacing on the glass ... a beautiful-look- ing brew. Orangey, with mineral salt, floral notes and a little biscuit in the nose. Crisp medium body with a deep smoothness that runs well with the assertive hop bitterness. Fruity, with hints of caramel, hermit cookie dough and a little bread. The malt stands tall enough and does not topple over as the hops make a hard push of bitterness and flavor. A bit of orange rind, herbal and faint tobacco show as the hops unfold. A quick kiss of warming, alcoholic, fruity esters in the middle lingers on the breath. Long hop finish with a base of malt to help it along.
Sip after sip, the hop flavor grows on you, and near halfway through the bottle, this beer becomes near exceptional. Soft goat cheese coated with fresh cracked black pepper, can- died walnuts and fresh figs seem like a good pairing here.
01-11-2011 02:19:33 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
I was in Modesto this weekend visiting my In laws, so needless to say much of my time was spent was in pursuit of some decent beer in this smaller city.
Found Hops of Wrath on tap at the BJ's next to the mall. It was the only IPA on tap and the proximity to the brewery made me excited to try this Cali IPA.
The color is light copper and has a fairly translucent consistency. The flavor was fresh and smooth, with the traits that guarantee that I will be happy...
-Low malt content
-Easy to drink
I went through 4 pints while watching the NBA slam dunk contest and left feeling toasty, but not overwhelmed or headache inducing.
If you love a delicious Cali IPA with these qualities you will be happy with H.O.W... I found a box of them at the Bevmo and after sampling a 22' I decided to bring 5 back south with me. The bottle certainly isn't as good as the tap (ce la vie) but is essentially the same flavor spectrum with a bit of a metallic hint. No date on the bottle or the box, but these were fresh from the brewery.
02-23-2011 02:10:43 | More by aero13
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, bright golden orange with an off-white, frothy 2-finger head. Good retention. Lace clings to the side quite nicely.
Smell - Faint aroma. Pine sticks out. Mild citrus. Faint breadiness.
Taste - Malts come across light and bready, while the hops show moderate citrus character. Light pine. Faint orange pith bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel - Light in body, with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Goes down clean and with relative ease.
Overall - Hops of... Wrath? Hops of Moderation might be a more apt name for the brew. Not to say it's a bad beer, just a poor choice of name for a beer that's shows more balance than the name might infer. This beer lacks strong flavor, but it does have a nice, drinkable and approachable quality. Even so, the name it's just.... it's a head scratcher.
02-23-2013 09:02:01 | More by TheSixthRing
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
20oz pour into a shaped pint-like glass at the Standard Pour, Standard (Sonora), CA.
Like a proper West Coast IPA, the beer is a very clear middlin' orange with a nice sticky white head.
Sharp citrus dominates the nose; grapefruit, lemon, with a good bitterness apparent. Fits the profile for a good Californian IPA but hops aren't flowing from the glass like the top examples and it seems to be balanced right in the middle.
Moderate bitterness greets the tongue, and like I guessed, not destructive bitterness. Grapefruit and orange have the attention with malt that doesn't garner much attention.
I like where the Standard Pour has their carb set. After twenty minutes this one is a softy in the mouth. Not flat but not spritzy.
I'm glad there is another Central California brewery, but so far this is their only beer. Please be more interesting. I understand the need for a beer such as an IPA to pay the bills, but experiment and let us decide. Good IPA, but there is no lack of those.
01-08-2011 22:56:57 | More by brewerburgundy
3.76/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a finger of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is lots of citrus: orange, mandarin, lemon and grapefruit.
The taste starts with a strong pine bitterness, moderated by the malt, but still finishes with a dry pine bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A delicious IPA.
12-14-2013 21:05:23 | More by Fatehunter
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Got this from the awesome trader Bitterbill, cheers Bill!
Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing, sort of a letdown, this drags down the overall rating
S: Rindy & citrussy hops that fade a touch as this warms
T: Grapefruitty & herbal hops up front, some biscuitty malt & dryness up front. Earthy hops, dryness & grapefruit also show as this warms. Finishes with much grapefruit & herbal hop bitterness, plus a touch of honey malt
MF: Medium bodied with fairly lively carbonation, making the hops pop. Great balance and a touch of creamyness
Great drinkability, not exactly in my AIPA wheelhouse, but close enough to please most hopheads. I'm fairly impressed with my first beer from these guys!
05-08-2010 04:47:05 | More by russpowell
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
On tap at Hop Yard San Ramon. Served in a pint glass 09/03/10.
Medium sized nicely retained head tops a clean pale amber body. Spotty lacing.
Aroma is pleasanty bitter with some minor citrus but isn't exactly dizzying with hop complexity. Sturdy but clean bread-like malt backbone doesn't have a problem cutting through.
Floral and grassy on the entry with a lingering dry but clean bitterness on the aftertaste. Not as intense as the name might have some guess if they miss the literary reference but very easy drinking for what it is.
I'm not completely certain this does enough to distinguish itself in a very crowded local IPA market but the brewer seems to know his or her trade well enough to make me curious to see what else they offer.
09-04-2010 04:46:28 | More by berkey
4.23/5 rDev +9.3%
My wife got this for me a while ago.
Appearance- copper color, nice size head with good retention, nice lacing
Smell- citrus and piney hops
Taste- mostly citrus hops, nice bitterness at the end
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- very good, nice citrus and bitterness
07-16-2012 20:06:13 | More by jeffjeff1
Hops Of Wrath from Dust Bowl Brewing Company
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